The Sleeping Partner

The Sleeping Partner

The Sleeping Partner heralds the return of the serene and self-reliant Miss Sarah Tolerance, Fallen Woman and Agent of Inquiry. This time, Miss Tolerance is seeking not a missing trinket or the solution to a crime, but a living person - a young gentlewoman who has vanished from under her wealthy family's roof, apparently bent on a scandalous elopement with a mysterious man whom nobody knows. Her elder sister is desperate to find and forgive her - and Sarah, haunted by the similarities between this girl's story and her own, is determined to assist - but with nothing to go on but a false name and a small sketched portrait, the case is proving her most difficult yet. As the search intensifies, Miss Tolerance must adversaries who will stop at nothing to keep her from finding the girl. And, more than she had ever expected, the mystery surrounding this young woman so like and yet so unlike herself forces Miss Tolerance to confront the voices of her own past, and to question what her future may hold. Reviews: At the outset of Robins's entertaining third mystery set in Regency London (after 2004's Petty Treason), an upper-class lady using the pseudonym "Mrs. Brown" calls on Sarah Tolerance, a freelance "agent of inquiry" whom society deems a fallen woman because she eloped at 16 with her brother's fencing tutor. Mrs. Brown wants Sarah's help in locating her 16-year-old sister, Evadne, who has eloped, unwilling to remain in their father's house under his "harsh rule." Sarah, struck by the similarities between Evadne's situation and her own at the same age, searches for the missing girl in London's underworld, where she discovers connections to her own family and to a wider war-profiteering scandal. Colorful characters like Sarah's brothel-keeping Aunt Thea, cameos by such real-life personages as Mary Wollstonecraft, and the slow-burning romance between the quick-witted Sarah and close friend Sir Walter Mandiff all add to the fun. - Publishers Weekly

Title:The Sleeping Partner
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780984436255
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    The Sleeping Partner Reviews

  • Werner

    At the age of 16, the intelligent and spirited daughter of a country baronet, Sarah Brereton --the girl who would become the Sarah Tolerance that series fans know and admire-- fell deeply in love with...

  • Sherwood Smith

    I tried my best to portion myself out a chapter a night, but that good resolve only lasted three days, and here I am, nothing accomplished, having read non-stop.It is such a delight to see Miss Tolera...

  • Mei

    Another wonderful Sarah Tollerance book!Sarah is the same wonderful character from the previous book!Here we have a situation that involves her direct family (who rejected her) and a young woman who's...

  • Dana Stabenow

    Of the first two Sarah Tolerance novels I wrote on stabenow.comMiss Sarah Tolerance elopes with her brother’s fencing instructor from Regency England to the continent, and when he dies returns home....

  • Margaret

    It's been a long wait for this book, but I was not disappointed. On the contrary, I think this might be the best in the series so far, and I certainly hope there will be more now that Robins has a new...

  • Terri

    The Sleeping Partner is the third, and the best so far, in Robins' Sarah Tolerance series. You could also jump in with this book if you felt like it, as it's a fairly self-contained story and past eve...

  • Aarti

    The Sleeping Partner is the third book in Madeleine Robins' Sarah Tolerance mystery series set in an alternate Regency England in which Queen Charlotte rules as Regent (currently). I am a huge fan of ...

  • Shauna

    I loved the first two mysteries (set in an alternate Regency London) starring Sarah Tolerance, swordswoman, detective, and "fallen woman." It's been a long wait for the third one, but it was worth it....

  • Cissa

    I love Miss Tolerance, and I love the alternative Regency London in which she lives and works. This may be the best book yet in the series! It's full of derring-do, intelligent deductions, help- and l...

  • Jeremy Preacher

    The stakes in The Sleeping Partner are quite a bit higher and more personal than in the previous two books, and the ending quite a bit grimmer. It all ends as well as it can - I very much enjoy Robins...